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Posted 7/31/14 at 5:15 PM | Mark Ellis

In the Midst of Civil War, a Young Muslim Woman Found the Prince of Peace

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By Mark Ellis

At the time of Samaa Habib’s birth to a staunch Muslim family, her country was controlled by communists. Before her delivery, a communist midwife at the government-run hospital urged her mother to have an abortion.

“We should get rid of it,” the midwife informed her mother. “It’s a tumor I think, not a baby.”

Samaa’s mother and the midwife launched into a furious argument, and thankfully, Samaa’s mother prevailed and a baby girl was delivered by C-section.

“I believe I was saved by God for a purpose,” writes Samaa in her electrifying book “Face to Face with Jesus” (Baker Publishing). “My survival was due to the skill of a Jewish doctor in a communist hospital staffed by Muslims.”

Growing up, she soon learned that if a Muslim leaves Islam and converts to any other religion, the penalty is death according to the Qur’an. “I understood from an early age that, because I was born a Muslim, I would die a Muslim,” she notes. FULL POST

Posted 7/25/14 at 2:49 PM | Mark Ellis |

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ISIS Orders Female Circumcision in Mosul

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Female circumcision

By Mark Ellis

The radical group ISIS is seeking to impose female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mosul, a top UN official in Iraq told the BBC.

The edict stated that all females aged 11 and 46 in Mosul must undergo the procedure, UN official Jacqueline Badcock reported.

Badcock said the extraordinary pronouncement was of grave concern.

Iraq is facing a radical insurgency led by ISIS, with Mosul and other cities in the northwest part of Iraq under their control since June.

Some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities practice female circumcision in the belief it prepares women for adulthood and marriage.

FGM poses many health risks to women, including severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth, according to the World Health Organization.

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2012 calling for all member states to prohibit the practice. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 7:06 PM | Mark Ellis

He survived a brutal father and the most violent cellblock at San Quentin

Ed with baby Jessica, 1982

By Mark Ellis

Beatings by his father put him in the hospital at a young age. “State-raised,” he was incarcerated intermittently from the seventh grade onward, until he reached the most dreaded cellblock at San Quentin.

“My father was a very bitter, angry man, especially when he was drinking,” says Ed Welch, who is currently struggling with a diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 65. Ed's truck-driver father was a loyal member of the Teamsters, and even became chairman of Jimmy Hoffa’s fundraising committee when Hoffa faced imprisonment.

Welch got into his first fight with dad at age 10, in an attempt to defend his mother. “He nearly knocked me out, and from that point on we had a different relationship. I hated him because of what he did to mom.”

In fourth grade, Welch was kicked out of school for fighting. A year later he was arrested. By seventh grade he was in juvenile hall, which began a journey in and out of the prison system for many years. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 7:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Tomb of Old Testament Prophet Jonah smashed by ISIS

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By Mark Ellis

He was swallowed by a gigantic sea creature after he tried to run from God. Chastened in the belly of the behemoth, he later preached to the people of Ninevah and turned an entire city to God.

Tradition places Jonah’s grave close to the city of Mosul, near the ancient site of Nineveh. The Christians there still trace their lineage back to Jonah’s preaching, while Jews and Muslims also celebrate the man as a prophet.

Amidst the remains of Ninevah stands the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus (or Jonah), which was once the location of a Nestorian-Assyrian Church. Jonah is believed to be buried there, the same place King Esarhaddon built a palace.

It is one of the most important mosques in Mosul and one of the few historic mosques that are found on the eastern side of the city.

In early July, members of the radical group ISIS smashed the tomb of the celebrated prophet, as documented in a YouTube video. Some reports also say they unearthed his remains. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 3:05 PM | Mark Ellis

Behind-the-Scenes: Arranging Billy Graham's First Historic Visit to North Korea

Billy Graham with Kim Il Sung

By Mark Ellis

The notoriously closed “hermit kingdom” of North Korea ran into a problem in the late 1980s. They wanted to teach the history of various religions at their foremost university, but because they had done everything humanly possible to destroy religion, they couldn’t find anyone qualified to teach on the subject of Christianity.

“We have found someone to teach Buddhist studies, and someone to teach Confucius studies, but we can’t find anyone qualified to teach Christianity,” a North Korean official wrote in a letter to Dr. Dale Kietzman, then the executive vice-president of William Carey International University in Pasadena, California.

He and Dr. David Cho had sent a letter to Kim Il-Sung University in North Korea asking if an exchange program could be established between the two schools. It took several months, but they finally received a response. FULL POST

Posted 7/14/14 at 4:45 AM | Mark Ellis |

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Israelis Traumatized by Bombs, Taking Sleeping Pills to Find Rest

Bombs wreak havoc in Israel

By Mark Ellis and Melissa Nordell

There are several “on the ground” reports coming from ministries located in Israel that differ from that which is being published in the mainstream media.

Many different ministries throughout Israel are reporting the same thing: rockets are being fired every few minutes from Gaza into Israel. Some of these bombs (or kassam) are destroyed by the “Iron Dome,” eradicating these terrorist rockets in mid-air. However, some of the bombs have been hitting homes, daycare centers, sports complexes and parks.

Rachel, living in Sderot says, “I had to start taking sleeping pills to sleep. When the kassam hit on Wednesday night, it hit the apartment next to me. I woke up to the (warning) alarm, and when the kassam hit, the whole building shook, the room lit up like it was daytime. I got up, I started to cry. I didn’t know if someone was dead. I couldn’t control my breathing, my heart was beating so fast, I felt like I was drunk. I couldn’t feel my legs.” FULL POST

Posted 7/11/14 at 5:51 AM | Mark Ellis

While Violence Plagues Inner City Chicago, Light Bearers Make a Difference

Agape Center Boxes of Love outreach

By Mark Ellis

It has one of the highest crime rates in the United States. Yet amidst the wanton gang-related violence of Chicago’s inner city, Christian ministries are making a difference.

“Fourteen people were killed and 80 wounded over the 4th of July weekend,” says Rob Baker, national representative for CRU Inner City.

After a recent visit to Chicago, he found several ministries fighting back with the power of Christ. “Our ministry is touching almost all of the cultures and most parts of the inner city,” he says.

At the Agape Center on the south side of the city, an area which is 97% African American, young men are being shown an alternative to the gang lifestyle.

“We have run the Agape Center for 20 years and now have generations who have come to Christ,” Baker recounts. He participated in a “rite of passage” ceremony for nine teenage boys. Most of them had been mentored since fourth grade. FULL POST

Posted 7/4/14 at 1:16 AM | Mark Ellis

Louis Zamperini: How he Came to Christ

Zamperini with Billy Graham

By Mark Ellis

He ran for his country in the Berlin Olympics of 1936. During WWII, his B-24 crashed in the Pacific and he barely survived 47 days adrift on a raft. Picked up by the Japanese, he spent the remainder of the war in a P.O.W camp, where he endured horrible abuse at the hands of a prison guard nicknamed “The Bird.”

After the war, he met and married the girl of his dreams, but post-traumatic stress disorder threatened to destroy his marriage. All the while, he dreamed of a return to Japan to hunt down and kill the former guard who tormented him.

“I had nightmares every night,” says Louis Zamperini, the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book “Unbroken.” The nightmares followed Zamperini home like a crazed hound from hell. “No one knew about it, because I looked perfectly normal,” he says. “I covered it up by drinking.” FULL POST

Posted 6/27/14 at 3:38 PM | Mark Ellis |

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Billy Graham's Daughter Warns America: Judgment is Coming

Anne Graham-Lotz

By Mark Ellis

The second daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, Anne Graham-Lotz, is blowing the trumpet and sounding the alarm, following in the footsteps of her father and with the impassioned spirit of the prophet Joel.

“Blow the trumpet…sound the alarm…for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand – Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:1,13)

Due to declining health of her husband, Dr. Dan Lotz, Anne has limited her speaking engagements and has been spending more time at their home in Montreat, North Carolina, caring for him. In December, 2012, Dr. Lotz was hospitalized and overcame a serious bout with a MRSA staph infection.

“As a result, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit,” she wrote in a letter dated June 20th to Pat Robertson. “He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I’m not sure I would have heard in my former busyness.” FULL POST

Posted 6/26/14 at 3:13 PM | Mark Ellis

Three-year-old says Jesus saved her from drowning in backyard pool

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Ella Kimbro, with pool behind her

By Mark Ellis

She leaned over to rescue a cat that fell into her backyard pool. Then she plunged in herself and nearly drowned until Jesus brought her back to life, according to a story by WMC Action News 5 in Tennessee.

Ella Kimbro, a Gibson County three-year-old, nearly died May 22nd in her family’s pool when she tried to reach in and rescue a cat named Elsa, according to WMC.

Like many parents in the mid-South, Johnny and Christy Kimbro like to spend time in their pool when temperatures rise.

Christy thought the three Kimbro kids were out riding their bikes on that fateful day. But she was surprised when she looked outside and didn’t see Ella.

Christy scanned the backyard carefully until she saw a horrible sight — her young daughter floating face-up in the pool.

“I thought she was dead when I first saw her. I remember yelling ‘Oh My God, she’s dead!’” Christy told WMC. FULL POST

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